The 2019 RHSU (“Rick Hess Straight Up”) Edu-Scholar Public Influence Rankings, which recognizes scholars in the U.S. who are contributing most substantially to public debates about education, includes four members of the Brown Education Department: Matthew Kraft, Susanna Loeb, John Papay, and Kenneth Wong.
Kraft, whose primary work focuses on efforts to improve educator and organizational effectiveness in K–12 urban public schools, is an associate professor of education. He has published on topics including teacher coaching, teacher professional growth, teacher evaluation, teacher-parent communication, teacher layoffs, school working conditions and extended learning time.
Loeb, director of the Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University, is an expert in education policy who is working to position the Annenberg Institute to serve as a hub for interdisciplinary education scholarship and its translation into policy and practice.
Papay, an associate professor and director of undergraduate studies, focuses on teacher policy, the economics of education and teacher labor markets. He has published on teacher value-added models, teacher evaluation, high-stakes testing, teacher compensation and program evaluation methodology.
Wong, a professor of education policy as well as international and public affairs and political science, has conducted extensive research in the politics of education, federalism, policy innovation, outcome-based accountability and governance redesign.